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Timaru HRC 3 November 2018 - R 5 - Chair, Mr D Anderson

Created on 05 November 2018

DAnderson (chair)
Ms P Wakelin- Open Driver
Mr R Quirk - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive whip use

Following the running of Race 5 the “Saikou Teppanyaki & Whiskey Bar Trot”, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr S Renault alleging a breach of Rule 869(2) by Open Driver, Ms P Wakelin. The information stated: P Wakelin (BK DAWN) used her whip on more occasions than permitted by Clause (b) of the Use of Whip Regulations.

Ms Wakelin signed the information stating she admitted the breach and that she did not want to be present at the hearing.

Rule 869 provides as follows:

(2) No horseman shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulation made by the Board.

The Use of Whip Regulation (effective from 30 November 2017) provide:

(b) No horseman is permitted to use their whip in a striking motion on more than ten occasions inside the final 400 metres. This is inclusive of “backhanders” and the use applies to the horse, harness and/or sulky.

Mr Renault used the race video, with the assistance of Mr Quirk, to identify Ms Wakelin driving (10) BK DAWN, racing 3 back 1 out approaching the home straight. He pointed to Ms Wakelin drawing her whip and striking her horse 14 times in the run to the finishing post.

Mr Renault stated Ms Wakelin agreed with the count of 14 strikes as did the Committee.


Ms Wakelin having admitted the breach the charge was found to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Renault said Ms Wakelin had a clear record under this rule in the last 12 months. He said the sliding scale for 14 strikes called for a fine of $300 and the Stewards were seeking that as penalty.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guidelines provides the sliding scale for a 14 to 16 strike breach as a $300 fine, mitigation inclusive.

The Committee considered this to be an appropriate penalty in this case.


Ms Wakelin is fined $300.

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